TAMPA, Fla. -- Although Dashon Goldson has been one of the NFL's most penalized players, Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith said he doesn't think the free safety needs to make major changes to his playing style.
"We've had a lot of conversations," Smith said. "We're not asking him to stop doing anything. Really, it's pretty simple. We talk about a physical player, we want him to remain that. Just lower the target a little bit. It's kind of as simple as that."
Goldson has been flagged a league-high 16 times for personal fouls since 2009 and received a one-game suspension last season, which was later reduced to a $100,000 fine.
But Smith said those problems can be easily corrected.
"You don't have to change up your style or anything else," Smith said. "As you aim, aim low. That's all we're going to ask Dashon to do. If he's not playing, it doesn't help us an awful lot. We don't want to put [former Bucs linebacker and current NFL appeals officer] Derrick Brooks in a position where he has to fine him."